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isirv Shanghai 2017

In Brief
  1. The 6th ESWI Influenza Conference 10-13 September 2017 - First Announcement ~details here~
  2. Influenza Vaccines for the World 19-21 April 2017 Lausanne, Switzerland - Call for Abstracts - details below ~
  3. 5th ISIRV-AVG Conference, 14-16 June 2017, Shanghai, China – further details available soon~
  4. ISIRV Journal: IRV impact factor now up to 2.38
  5. Last day at Mill Hill - the Worldwide Influenza Centre relocates to the New Francis Crick Institute, Central London

  5th ISIRV-AVG Conference                                   14 - 16 June 2017     
Prevention and Treatment of RVIs:
Antivirals, Traditional Therapies and Host-Directed Interventions
Regal East Asia Hotel, Shanghai, China.                          
This Conference will be of interest to research investigators, clinicians and Public Health experts. It will focus on the progress in combatting respiratory virus infections (RVIs) with vaccines and therapeutics, including novel antiviral approaches, and will address regional issues, like the impact of RVIs in Asia and the use/effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicines. A special symposium on novel coronaviruses (SARS/MERS) will be featured.
Further information, including details of abstract submission, will be available soon.
  2nd IMRP Conference  - Singapore                         7 - 9 March 2018     
This is the 2nd in a planned series of International Meetings on Respiratory Pathogens which aim to be the premier global forum on respiratory viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. The focus will be on recent advances in epidemiology, immunology, diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, plus clinical management. It will bring together clinicians, public health professionals, scientists and policy makers to learn about respiratory pathogens and discuss the next steps in reducing the burden of these diseases through research and policy initiatives. A full day of parallel sessions will be devoted to providing updates for policy makers to increase their understanding on respiratory diseases and to allow for better research-policy interactions that will accelerate translational research. Further details available in the near future.

  Symposium: The 1918-19 Pandemic                                        Mid 2018     
New Francis Crick Institute, London
Plans are underway to organise, in conjunction with the Francis Crick Institute, a symposium to mark the centenary of the 1918-19 pandemic. Dates and details will be confirmed soon.

OPTIONS IX    Over 1,350 attendees converged on Chicago for the Options IX conference. Like its predecessors, Options IX continued to break new ground and has been wholly endorsed as 'the place to be' for researchers and clinicians in this field - an unqualified scientific success. Energy and enthusiasm was high, evidenced by this short recap video. Initial feedback has been exceptionally positive with many looking forward to Options X. It was announced that this will be held in Singapore in 2019.
Influenza Vaccine
The recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2016-2017 northern hemisphere influenza season can be found here
Zoonotic Influenza
The update 'Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness' can be found here.
Information and links to other sources of information on this evolving situation is available through the news section
 Other Events             
IVW 2017 - International Vaccines For The World   19-21 April 2017
CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland
This is the 6th in this series of influenza vaccine meetings, with a core focus on Influenza Vaccination Issues. Abstracts are now invited. Further details and a reply form can be found here

3rd WHO Consultation on Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines
15-16 November 2016
The Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines (GAP) was launched in 2006 as a 10-year initiative to address the anticipated shortfall in vaccine supply in the event of a pandemic. The third and final consultation of GAP will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-16 November 2016.  In the lead-up to the closure of the GAP and the final consultation, WHO is soliciting an online questionnaire from key stakeholders. The questionnaire is designed to measure stakeholders views on progress and remaining needs under the three objectives of the GAP. Responses will be used to feed into the development of the agenda for the final consultation.
For more information click here

  Members' Resources  
IRV Journal
The ISIRV Journal, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses, is now published in an Online Only format. No printed issue will be produced but authors will still be able to order offprints of their own articles.ISIRV members will receive a 10% discount for articles submitted. Contact for the code.

  Recent Events            
The ISIRV School of Influenza 2016:  After two successful Summer Schools of Influenza held in 2011 and 2012, the University of Siena and isirv organised the third edition of the School of Influenza from 11-15 April 2016 in the beautiful medieval town of Siena (Italy). 65 young scientists from five continents gathered to spend one intense week of seminars and workshops led by world-renowned scientists in influenza... read more

The inaugural International Meeting on Respiratory Pathogens (IMRP) conference took place on 2-4 September 2015 in Singapore. A report of the IMRP conference can be found here and resources from that meeting are available in the members' area.